April 28, 2017
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Good things come to those that wait. And if you’ve been putting off making the leap to carbon fiber as well as 11-speed drivetrains then your virtuous patience can be rewarded with the Nashbar Carbon 105 road bike. At its heart is a sweet monocoque carbon frame that rivals those of much more expensive brand name peers in stiffness, lightness, and ride quality. At the cockpit end is a tapered headtube and full carbon fork that inspires confidence courtesy of its rock solid and utterly predictable handling. The drivetrain is anchored at a massive BB86 bottom bracket that ensures not one iota of your strength will go to waste. With so much more surface area up for grabs to attach the down tube, seat tube and chainstays deflection from all those watts you’re producing is just not a worry. But don’t let all this talk about stiffness worry you about comfort, because the wonders of carbon are evident in the stays which are shaped to further reduce road vibration. Aesthetically, this bike just screams stealth speed. It sports Henry Ford’s favorite paint scheme – any color you like as long as it’s black – plus the internal cable routing keeps it super clean and clutter-free. Shimano’s new 105 groupset delivers a perfect 10 for value, craftsmanship, and performance as it makes the leap to 11-speed. You’ll be blown away by how well this stuff works as so much functionality, precision, and reliability has trickled down from big brothers Dura-Ace and Ultegra. The shifter/brake levers, front derailleur, rear derailleur, and cassette all fly the 105 11-speed flag and if these parts were logo-free you’d be hard pressed to distinguish their performance from its much higher-priced Shimano siblings. The FSA Gossamer compact crankset fits perfectly into the components mix. Its cold forged aluminum crank arms are racing stiff, and the precision CNC-machined 7075 chainrings are angled and pinned for flawless shifting. Shimano’s engineering excellence extends into the world of wheels as
Storck’s Visioner C Road Bike Frameset is the entry ticket to the carbon fiber world of company founder Markus Storck. This ticket affords you access to one of the Old World’s few remaining secrets: the unrivaled design philosophy that informs every frameset bearing the Storck name. Key to this philosophy is the idea that every cyclist, regardless of material, model, and size, enjoys the same stiffness-to-weight ratio. So the Visioner C shares numbers with the superlative Aernario, but with a little more weight. The secret to this ratio lies in the proportional tubing of the unidirectional carbon fiber layup, which puts a premium on front end and bottom bracket stiffness by varying the wall thickness in the top and down tubes depending on the frame size. This focus carries through on the seat tube and chainstays, whose girth minimizes lost watts due to flex in the rear triangle. The frame’s geometry features the same 73. 5-degree head and seat tube angles that are found in most sizes of the Aernario, which combine with the Stilleto fork for confident tracking on descents and punchy power on rolling hills or during sprints. Power doesn’t come at the cost of comfort, though, as the thick chainstays are paired with thin, cushy seatstays, so watts go into the road but the road doesn’t travel up the seatpost to your body. The Visioner is built for internal routing that accommodates mechanical and electronic drivetrains, so the frame’s clean lines aren’t interrupted with cables, housing, and the like. It also means that wiring to an electronic system’s battery and front derailleur is tidy and easy to route, and the battery itself has a dedicated position on the frame.
The Gravity Liberty CX is just the bike for the rider wanting the weight and performance of an aluminum frame & advanced straight fork blades, wide gearing, comfortable riding position, and wants all that while keeping on a budget. The Liberty CX frame is precision welded from specially shaped lightweight & strong aluminum tubing using Gravity’s own special CX-Series frame tubes. Check out the engineered top tube and BiOval down tube. This is designed for responsive performance while maintaining a comfortable ride. The frame is a SemiCompact Geometry which allows for a bit more comfortable & upright position as well as easy straddling, yet is still aero enough for some serious riding. Powerful cantilever brakes & rear rack mounts make this a perfect commuter. Compare this to a Specialized, Trek, or Giant that sells in the $900 range. And then buy this bike. Only at. General Sizing Guide: 42c – 4’11” to 5’2″ 46c – 5’3″ to 5’7″ 50c – 5’7″ to 5’10” 54c – 5’10” to 6’0″ 58c – 6’0″ to 6’6″ Specifications: Main Frame: Gravity CX Series Aluminum Frame w/Engineered TopTube, Bi-Oval Downtube, & S-Bend Seatstays Fork: Gravity CroMo StraightBlade, w/ 1.125in Steer Tube Crank Set: Alloy Arms, Triple Chainring 52/42/30 Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridge w/ SquareTaper Pedals: Platform 9/16in Front Derailleurs: Shimano FD-2303 down pull Rear Derailleurs: Shimano SORA RD-3400 Long Cage Shifters: Shimano FD-2303 Free Wheel / Casssette: SunRace Cassette 12/25 8sp 24 total gears Chain: SunRace 8sp Front / Rear Hubs: Formula Alloy, w/QR Spokes: Stainless Rims: Alex R450 DoubleWall Alloy w/ Machined Brake Track Tires: Kenda Kwik Trax 700×32 Brake Set: Tektro Oryx Alloy w /Cartridge Brake Pads Brake Levers: Shimano FD-2303 plus Tektro RL570 CrossTop Levers Headset: Cane Creek VP-A71 Labyrinth Sealed Bearings Handlebars: Alloy, Black 26.0mm Tape / Grip: Black Cork Stem: Alloy Threadless, 1.125in, 26.0 Clamp